VERNON HILLS –State Senator Terry Link issued following statement about Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s passing:

“I am saddened by the loss of a dedicated public servant and good friend,” Link said. “The state has suffered a tremendous loss and my deepest sympathy goes to her family in this difficult time.”

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link-parkcityPARK CITY – At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the city’s new public works building on October 30, it was announced that the building would be named in honor of State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan). That information came as a bit of a surprise to the senator but it was considered fitting by the town’s mayor, Steve Panell.

After a brief tour of the new facilities, which have ample room for service vehicles and a lift for vehicle repairs, Panell read a proclamation officially naming the building the “Terry Link Public Works Facility.”

“As a cost-saving measure, it is reasonable to recognize a facility to house equipment and materials will help save the Park City Department of Public Works money by maintaining its equipment,” Senator Link said. “The new facility will go a long way to ensuring more effective implementation of the public works in Park City.”

Senator Link assisted Panell and Park City in receiving the grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. The previous facility did not have enough room to cover vehicles and lacked office space. Additionally, the former facility had a swinging gate that made exiting the ground difficult in the case of severe snowfall; the new facility has a sliding unit that will provide a much easier departure in such events.

The original building was about 1,000 square feet. That amount has been increased nearly five-fold to 4,800 square feet. The former facility will continue to be used by the department for storage.

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linktWAUKEGAN – With the Waukegan teachers strike headed for a fourth week, State Senator Terry Link said he’s looking into proposing a state law that would force administrators to go without pay whenever schools shut down because of contract disputes.

Waukegan School District 60 teachers have been on strike since Oct. 2. Negotiations have stalled, resulting in school closures for 17,000 students.

“Perhaps administrators would be more interested in resolving this situation if they had more skin in the game,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat. “Superintendents shouldn’t collect their salaries for showing up and turning on the lights when the classrooms are empty.”

Link said he has asked Senate staff to look into drafting legislation. His idea would prohibit tax dollars from being used to pay administrative salaries during a teachers strike when educators are going without pay.

Link said Waukegan teachers are among the lowest paid in the state. The administrators are not.

“I think we all want this resolved quickly so our children can get back to learning,” Link said. “I think we could prevent these types of situations if both sides had a financial stake in the process.”

Link said he would like to be able to have legislation ready for the upcoming fall session in November or the spring session, which starts in January.

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CHICAGO – In response to concerns and complaints about potential abuse of nursing home residents, Illinois State Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) is sponsoring legislation that would put video cameras in nursing homes and assisted living centers to protect residents and provide their families peace of mind.

“Our society has cameras installed in a myriad locations to deter negative and abusive behavior in those places, so why not where we entrust our family in the care of others,” Senator Link asked. “In this day and age, it is a simple question of a good practice to ensure consumer protection from a few bad apples.”

The new law was introduced as a response to complaints across Illinois regarding abuse and poor care of family members who are currently in the care of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. A recent law was passed in Maryland after a hidden camera was installed in a relative’s room and the footage confirmed the suspected abuse of the patient.

As many as five states have already passed similar legislation. However it is currently unclear as to where the support of health insurance companies and the agencies covering these facilities lies as no bill has been drafted yet.

Senator Link was present on Monday at a press conference held by Attorney General Lisa Madigan. With a number of months before the spring legislative session, lawmakers and interested parties will have ample time to hash out the details of any upcoming bill.

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